I am going to be traveling through Argentina in a couple of months and I have decided that it is probably best if I learn at least the basics of Spanish, since I will be there for a while. My question is about how I should go about learning Spanish? Should I take classes before I leave? Should I take classes there? Should I hire a private tutor to meet with there? Or should I just wing it and try and pick it up as I go? A friend of mine went and she took classes at a school in Buenos Aires and she is trying to get me to go there, but I am just wondering if it is worth going to school or do people think I can just pick up the language as I go?
Any help would be great! Thanks!
Scholl will clearly help. I never took a single spanish class since this monday. I can go around pretty easily around South America, book any kind of transportation...order a meal in a restaurant, even negociate a rent....but that's vocabulary and no grammar...lessons do help!
I'm currently doing 20 hours per week, every morning from 9am to 1pm...and it's come pretty fast in...
Are you taking classes in Buenos Aires? I was looking into a couple of schools in that area, one that I am particularly looking into is called Amauta. Have you heard of it? I want to hear some personal stories before I decide anywhere... And where are you taking classes? Is there somewhere specific that you would recommend to me? I know what you mean, I could probably get around, but I think now I really want to get the grammar too! Let me know what you suggest!
It has been many years since I have been to Buenos Aires, but I would suggest that you definitely take classes, I remember thinking the entire time I was there, 'I wish I could actually communicate what I am trying to say', sure I managed, and you can get around, but it would have been helpful to have been actually able to hold a conversation with someone from the city. Also even trying to speak Spanish, they will respect you more just for attempting. As I said, it has been a while so I don't know about that school specifically but there is a website http://www.123teachme.com/language_schools/ which is where I found a school, and if you search the school, or even the area, it shows other peoples reviews of the different schools. You might want to look into that for "Amauta".
I looked into that website the 123teachme one and it was super helpful! Thank you so much for that, I was able to read some great reviews of Amauta and look around at all the different options. Like you said, I think I will be more accepted if I at least try and speak their language. The only thing I am worried about is that I won't be able to see much of the city if I am in classes all day... What do you think I should do?
Hey Celia, Most schools allow you to pick what kind of Schedule you want, maybe you only take classes in the morning or in the afternoon, or maybe this school even lets you personalize your schedule… Either way how much of the city you see is up to you! Maybe that means staying out extra late so you can see the night life, or getting up early to go to a museum before classes. Either way I think that you will find you have plenty of time to see the city, just make sure that you don’t rush! It is an amazing city, and from what I remember of when I was there you will never be bored!
There are a lot of great school in Argentina Also the language exchange is there, where you meet with someone and they speak to you in English and Speak in Spanish back to them. (Many younger Argentinians in the city are learning, so it is like being a tutor for them as well. It is nice to help each other.)
The best way to learn is to study, study, study, and speak to as many people as you can. Argentinians are very helpful when it comes to not being able to speak Castellano. The best way is experience; make some friends, listen to the music, and see the shows!
You are going at a great time. Lots of exciting stuff going on!
Have fun and send my love to my city, Buenos Aires for me!!
Hi Gabrielle, thanks so much for the ideas! I will have to look into the language exchange too! The only thing I have concern about with that versus a school is that I would not get as much of the grammar base that I would get in a school... That might be a good idea though for after I take classes, that way I could put to practice what I learn in the school. I know what you mean, it would be really nice to be able to kind of work together with a local, that way I could learn beyond the grammar!
I have booked my classes at Amauta, so I believe I will be doing lots of studying 😊 I only have classes in the morning though, so if anyone could give me some suggestions on some must see sites that I could visit in one afternoon/evening?... Gabrielle, since you seem to really love Buenos Aires, what would you suggest that I HAVE to do?